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Crankenstein Crony

Strike King 5Xd's

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I have a question for anyone out there who throws Strike King cranks baits. I bought several SK 5xd's this spring to add them to my arsenal of SK cranks. I had 2 or 3 of these baits start filling up with water after being used for a little while. 1 of them filled up with water on the 1st cast I ever made with it. After they filled with water, they would not track straight anymore. I looked the baits over to see if I could find any cracks or little hole in them and could find nothing wrong with the baits. I am interested to know if anyone else out there has had this same issue. I haven't had this happen to any of my other Strike King cranks and I have 5 or 6 boxes full of Series 1's, 3's 5's 6xd's and 1.5's and 2.5's. I was just kinda dumb founded by this little problem. I am very curious to know if anyone else has had this happen, and if you did, did you find a way to correct the leak and get the baits to track straight again.

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Probably the seams are bad. You can return them you know.

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I probably have 200+ SK cranks, not too many have been duds, but if/when they are no big deal, they are cheap, buy some more.

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Check the lips, I've seen some of them in-store where the paint wasn't even lined up right. If you can't return them I would try to put a small bead of superglue around the lip

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I've got several hundred SK cranks, and it does happen from time to time. I know firsthand there was a run of them that have the exact problem you describe. Any that I've had were in the 6XD and you could see the cracks were visible from the outside. I contacted Strike King directly and had no issue with getting them replaced.

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See that is part of my problem as well. I emailed SK and explained the problem I was having and I never got a response. I've never had an issue with any other SK cranks before and I have quite a few myself. Maybe I will try and contact SK again and see if anything happens. The place I buy them from only accepts returns if I have the original package and I

pretty much throw those away as soon as I get them home. I change the hooks and they go right into my plano boxes.

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I contacted Strike King directly and had no issue with getting them replaced.

Did you call Strike King or did you email them? I went the email route and didn't ever hear back.

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Email or talk to Chris Brown...he will help you out. He replaced all my RES that swole up free of charge.

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I had one do the same thing, we ended up hanging it up by the line tie and putting a papertowel under it and looked for drips. I found that the hole was at the rear hook mount. Just a tiny amount of epoxy and it was as good as new/the other non fillers. Just hang it and see where the leak is coming from and seal it.

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